Buster Posey remains the best pure-hitting catcher in the major leagues, but his fantasy appeal has been dinged in recent seasons by steadily declining power and a depletion of talent around him in San Francisco. In a season that saw record home-run totals, Posey managed 12 long balls 568 plate appearances, marking his third consecutive season of decline in that department. He hit just three homers at home and now has a total of 16 homers at AT&T Park over the past three seasons. His strikeout and walk rates were nearly identical from 2016, with Posey posting stellar marks of 11.6 percent and 10.7 percent, respectively, but the counting totals suffered as the Giants posted the second-lowest run total in the National League. He's still worthy of a lofty investment, but Posey is now clearly behind Gary Sanchez at the catcher position, and the likes of Willson Contreras and J.T. Realmuto are closing the gap behind Posey.
Posey (ankle) is back in the starting nine for Friday's Cactus League contest against the Mariners, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Posey has been dealing with this ankle injury for about two weeks but should be near full health after receiving a little more time to let the issue heal. Manager Bruce Bochy said that he would have likely been back in action earlier this week if it were the regular season, and Posey should have enough time over the next three weeks to get back to 100 percent before Opening Day.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Posey (ankle) will start Friday's Cactus League game against the Mariners, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Posey has been sidelined since Feb. 25 due to an ankle injury, but he's on the mend and inching closer to a return. He was originally expected to return to action following Tuesday's off day, but the Giants decided to play it safe with the star backstop and push his return back by a few days as he still wasn't feeling quite 100 percent. Barring any setbacks the rest of camp, Posey should still have plenty of time to get up to speed before the start of the season.
Posey (ankle) is out of the lineup for Wednesday's Cactus League game against San Diego, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Posey was expected to return to the lineup after Tuesday's day off but appears to remain limited due to an ankle injury. Consider him day-to-day. It's expected that manager Bruce Bochy will address his status at some point prior to Wednesday's game to clarify the situation. Barring any sort of setback, Posey should be fully healthy by the time Opening Day rolls around.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Posey won't play again until after Tuesday's off day, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Posey's ankle is apparently still giving him some trouble when he hits, so Bochy will play it safe with the veteran backstop and hold him out for a few games. The hope is that he'll be able to play regularly after that, which would leave him plenty of time to get up to speed before the start of the season.
Posey (ankle) is starting at catcher and batting third during Sunday's Cactus League game against the Cubs, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Posey sat out Saturday's game due to a mild ankle injury but is set to rejoin the starting lineup after just one day off. It doesn't appear that the injury concern will linger, as the Giants would surely have taken a more cautious approach if they deemed the injury at all serious. He should be good to go moving forward.
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